- Joe McHaney
- Madras Pioneer - News
A quick start propelled the Madras boys water polo team to its first Central Oregon Conference water polo victory Oct. 6.
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Led by five goals from Kyle Palmer, Madras improved to 1-2 in Central Oregon Conference play with three regular-season games remaining.
"We jumped out to an 8-1 start," Madras head coach Bobby DeRoest said. "We have struggled to start fast, but the boys did a good job."
On Oct. 8, the Madras boys and girls hosted a four-way water polo tournament.
The boys defeated Tigard 15-10 and Westview 14-6, but lost in the championship match to Sunset 10-9 in overtime.
"Our boys played really well," DeRoest said. "The tournaments give our kids lots of playing time and we're fortunate enough to have a nice facility to host these types of tournaments.
On the girls' side, Madras lost to Tigard 12-8, fell to Sunset 5-4 and Westview 5-1.
"We played some pretty strong competition," said DeRoest, who is also the girls head coach.
The boys welcome Sweet Home at 5 p.m. for a nonconference match Oct. 12. At 4 p.m. the Madras junior varsity boys will play the Madras varsity girls.
On Oct. 14, Madras will host the Barlow and Redmond boys and girls teams, the Mountain View boys and Bend girls for another tournament.